James Quintiere, former chief of the fire science division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has called for an independent review of NIST's investigation into the collapses of the World Trade Center.

Quintiere made his plea during his presentation, "Questions on the WTC Investigations," at the 2007 World Fire Safety Conference. "I wish that there would be a peer review of [the NIST investigation]. I think the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable."

Quintiere also encouraged his fellow researchers and engineers to scientifically re-examine the WTC collapses: "I hope to convince you to perhaps become 'conspiracy theorists,' but in a proper way."
Mike Meyer, Tempe

Who are you calling gratuitous?: Just read your story on the 911 "troofers." It was good, and the fact that a leftist like Stephen Lemons would take on the über-leftist wing-nuts is commendable. One aside: I noted the gratuitous "chickenhawk" slap at George Bush.
Tom Stitt, Scottsdale

Hes not a sheep: Some of the people or groups and their theories you covered in "The Yoda of 9/11" were pretty out there, but the idea of 9/11 being a setup isn't as far-fetched as you think.

It's definitely on people's minds [that] the government had to have at least known about it beforehand and let it happen, or worse. This country would kill its own citizens, especially for good reasons like changing the Constitution [to seize] oil and land for bases in the Middle East, to tighten its grip on the Earth. We've even killed our own in the "post-9/11 world" with Hurricane Katrina.

We live in a country that has conquered and destroyed nations and has virtually wiped out entire races of people. A country that has installed dictators and raped countries for their resources and their economies. We've funded, supplied, and trained terrorists, stolen elections, enslaved people for nearly two centuries, and the list goes on. We've done so many terrible things since we came to this land, it really boggles my mind.

I'm not a conspiracy nut or "troofer." I'm an open-minded, truth-seeking free-thinker. I don't buy into television, the media, and religion too much. I read and try to find less-restricted forms of information. I'm not a sheep, in other words. But I do think there's something going on in the world, certain forces are manipulating events, manipulating certain systems and organizations to their benefit. Since 9/11, there is definitely an element of control being slowly put upon us that really feels like something out of Orwell's 1984.
Eric Dearing, Phoenix

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Larry S

I'd like to comment on the increasing use of loud, obnoxious radio ads, especially those for auto dealerships in which they scream at the listener.

Nearly every morning I am verbally assaulted by these LOUD, obnoxious commercials. I simply cannot for the life of me figure out what these ads are supposed to do - are they intended to make me feel like I have to drop what I'm doing and RUN down to Midway Chevy, or similar dealership who run these obnoxious ads.

I've heard more and more car commercials using these same obnoxious, loud, high-pressure ads. Do they really think shouting at people will entice the listener to buy a car from them? Let me tell you my response to ads like theirs - I either change the channel, turn the radio down so low I cannot even hear the ad or I turn the radio off. When I hear ads like this I immediately vow I would NEVER visit that dealership! I'm guessing that is not what they're paying all that ad money for.

If they want people to get their message and actually want to visit their dealership and, perhaps purchase a car, I STRONGLY suggest that they change their ads to approximating normal ads or, better yet, take a lesson from the Grubb dealerships - make nice, calm ads.

 
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